RISING AMERICAN STAR ALAN SCIUTO JOINS POLESTAR RACING GROUP FOR 2006 ATLANTIC SEASON LOS ANGELES, California (February 14, 2006) -- In 2005 Alan Sciuto made some noise in his brief Atlantic debut. This season the promising young American...
RISING AMERICAN STAR ALAN SCIUTO JOINS POLESTAR RACING GROUP FOR 2006 ATLANTIC SEASON
LOS ANGELES, California (February 14, 2006) -- In 2005 Alan Sciuto made some noise in his brief Atlantic debut. This season the promising young American racer plans to turn up the volume full blast in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama.
Sciuto, the skilled 17-year-old driver who became the youngest-ever polewinner in the 32-year history of Atlantics last season, will compete in 2006 for Polestar Racing Group, one of the top veteran teams in the Atlantic series. After strong performances last season in Atlantics, the Star Mazda series and the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 championship, Sciuto emerged as one of the top rising stars of American open-wheel racing.
"Alan certainly demonstrated a lot of promise and a lot of poise last season," said Jim Griffith, co-owner of the Polestar team. "He clearly has the talent to compete and win at this level. Our goal is to help continue Alan's maturation as a driver and we're looking forward to contending for the series championship this season."
After emerging as one of the nation's top karting stars, Sciuto was recognized as North America's top shifter kart racer in 2004. He entered both the Skip Barber National Championship and the Star Mazda series last season but he really began to shine in his first taste of Atlantic competition. The native of Orange, California earned an impressive fourth-place finish in his first series race on the challenging San Jose street course for PR1 Motorsports. The following week he upped his game, leading both rounds of qualifying at Denver to win the pole before eventually finishing second in the race. Competing for the first time at Road America, Sciuto secured a seventh-place finish to close out his three-race introduction to Atlantics. Proving that his results were anything but beginner's luck, he also shined when he joined the FF2000 series for the final two races of the '05 season. Sciuto captured the checkered flag in his very first series race and he finished second in just his second event.
The young Sciuto should be a good fit on the veteran Polestar squad that produced a total of five Atlantic victories last season between rookies Katherine Legge and Antoine Bessette. The success should come no surprise, however, as team owners Jim and Pam Griffith and Bruce Potter are all experienced Atlantic veterans. The Griffiths have also served as the driving force behind such standout racers as Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Buddy Rice when each driver won the Atlantic series title.
Continuing on a relationship that was established last season when Legge took the series by storm with three victories, PKV Racing of the Champ Car World Series will continue to serve as a sponsor for Polestar Racing Group.
"PKV Racing is pleased to continue its sponsorship of one of the Polestar Racing Group entries during the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama season," said PKV and Champ Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "Polestar Racing Group had an outstanding year in 2005 and we were obviously very impressed with the results of the PKV Racing/Polestar Racing Group car piloted by Katherine Legge. PKV Racing is proud to support Jim and Pam Griffith and Bruce Potter and we are excited to be the sponsor of Alan Sciuto. Alan is a talented young American driver who showed in just three races of Atlantic competition last year that he has the skill to be competitive in this series."
The Polestar team hopes to announce a driver for its second entry in the 2006 Atlantic championship within the next few weeks.
The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. Beginning its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2005 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. Competing in newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Cosworth engine riding on Yokohama ADVAN Racing Slicks, 2006 competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion's bonus. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.